So you’ve heard somewhat about ‘WordPress’ (WP) and kind of have an idea what it is but you are uncertain to dive into this Content Management System (CMS) in case it is not for you or your clients needs.
Here at ARCTEK Technologies, we live and breathe WordPress as our platform of choice and here are a couple of reasons why.
1. Open source
WordPress is open source, meaning it’s free to use for both commercial and private use and you are able to modify the code that comes bundled in with WP, bringing down that initial cost of creating a website. You may think, ‘Well since it’s free why are you charging for WP’ – however we are not charging for WP itself but rather our time and effort in modifying and time spent in creating a beautiful website.
In general, open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.
2. Rapid deployment
WordPress is great in that we are able to deploy a website in a reduced amount of time opposed to coding a website from the ground up, even when using coding frameworks. Simply put, get your website live a lot quicker without compromising quality.
3. Easily expandable
Building onto your website and adding functionality is really easy. Developers with some PHP knowledge should be able to fairly easily view the WordPress codex (the developer’s guide) and plug-in their own code to allow a niche feature for their WordPress site.
4. Plugins, oh plugins!
There are close to 50,000 readily available plugins on the WordPress plugin repository including our very own plugin (When Last Login) that will help bring your WordPress site to the next level. Plugins are basically pre-built packages of code to allow additional functionality to your site for your specific needs such as Paid Memberships Pro to create a membership site; WooCommerce to create an online store; WP Google Maps for an advanced Google Maps builder. And the best part of all is that every plugin on the WordPress repository is free!
5. Amazing community
I think the turning point for us becoming a ‘fan-boy’ for WordPress was when we attended our first WordCamp and met so many amazing people from plugin creators to people working for Automattic, all open and willing to give back to any questions you may have. This is by far the best thing about WP, is the community. Monthly and yearly meetups are arranged and you get to share and receive knowledge from coding, which plugins and themes to use, to how people got into WordPress.